Via Sport Witness comes news from Italy that Napoli will try and sign David Ospina on a permanent basis this summer despite the fact he won’t play enough games to trigger and automatic purchase clause.
The Colombian will miss the final two Serie A games of the current campaign, and as reported earlier in the season, it’s a deliberate ploy on the part of the Italians to ensure they don’t have to meet the purchase requirement.
However, they do want to retain his services and will now reportedly try and do a deal with Arsenal over a permanent transfer.
Ospina has just 12 months left on his contract in North London, so the likelihood is he’s very close to the top of the list of players the club want to move on this summer, so it puts Napoli in a decent position to strike a bargain.
The 30 year old made 24 appearances this season under Carlo Ancelotti, just one shy of the 25 needed to activate the clause, and was on the bench for both Europa League games against his parent club.
Napoli need an experienced understudy to highly rated young keeper Alex Meret, and assuming Arsenal don’t dig their heels in too much over price, Ospina should be on his way this summer.